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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Yeah I wouldn't have swapped our lineup for there's but individually this world XI is gun and could perform if given more chances together.
    That team was under-prepared and not really taking it seriously, Flintoff said he was only doing it for the food or something.
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    This would probably rate alongside the star-studded Indian batting line-up from not so long ago as the two best batting line-ups I've seen in my time. The current SA batting attack is pretty gun as well and in the long run, it'd probably make an even bigger name of itself.

    The 60's West Indies batting line-up must have been such a treat to the eyes of those who were fortunate enough to have witnessed it from up close. Hunte, Butcher, Kanhai, Nurse and Sobers were all such flairy, entertaining and gifted batsmen that they could make batting look as easy as spreading butter on your toast.

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    Greenidge
    Haynes
    Richardson
    Hooper
    Richards
    Lloyd
    Dujon


    Stands out from my childhood. Thought they were all so cool.


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    Turned out not to be test matches but the Rest of the World xi top and middle order - all of whom played all 5 matches - from 1970 wasn't too shabby...

    Richards B
    Barlow
    Kanhai
    Pollock
    Sobers
    Lloyd
    Procter

    + Mushtaq Mohammad played a couple of matches and presumably pushed Procter down to 8 or 9 depending on whether the keeper came in first. England did well to keep that series relatively competitive.

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    England line-up that played when Hutton made his 364 is quite handy.

    Hutton
    B. Edrich
    Leyland
    Hammond
    Paynter
    Compton
    Hardstaff

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    My initial thought was:

    Greenidge
    Fredericks
    Richards
    Rowe
    Kallicharran
    Lloyd

    I don't really know if that top 6 ever played together and can't be arsed to look.

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    West Indies in 1950 was pretty good

    Rae
    Stollmeyer
    Weekes
    Worrell
    Walcott

    is only five as the sixth batsman, Christiani, had a poor series but Gerry Gomez averaged more than 40 as well from seven in the order

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    My initial thought was:

    Greenidge
    Fredericks
    Richards
    Rowe
    Kallicharran
    Lloyd

    I don't really know if that top 6 ever played together and can't be arsed to look.
    I'd be surprised if they didn't play together at some points in the 1975/76 Aus series and the subsequent series against India, England and Pakistan. Maybe in India in 1974/75 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    I'd be surprised if they didn't play together at some points in the 1975/76 Aus series and the subsequent series against India, England and Pakistan. Maybe in India in 1974/75 as well.
    Just two matches in Aus in 75-76, fair to say they didn't give of their best in what was not a happy series:-

    1st Test: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane, Nov 28-Dec 2, 1975 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    3rd Test: Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 1975 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasingthedon View Post
    Still talent wise that is a pretty formidable line up and one of the best.
    1st XI
    Hutton | Hobbs | Bradman* | Richards^ | Tendulkar | Sobers5^ | Gilchrist+ | Khan3 | Marshall1 | Warne4^ | McGrath2
    2nd XI
    Sutcliffe | Gavaskar* | Headley | Chappell^ | Lara^ | Kallis5^ | Knott+ | Hadlee3 | Ambrose2 | Lillee1 | Muralitharan4
    3rd XI
    Greenidge | Richards^ | Ponting^ | Pollock | Hammond^ | Worrell5* | Waite+ | Akram3 | Steyn1 | Holding2 | O'Reilly4
    4th XI
    Morris | Simpson^ | Sangakkara | Weekes^ | Border*^ | Walcott+ | Faulkner5 | Laker4 | Trueman1 | Garner3 | Donald2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Greenidge
    Haynes
    Richardson
    Hooper
    Richards
    Lloyd
    Dujon


    Stands out from my childhood. Thought they were all so cool.
    Swap Lloyd for Logie and that's the team I remember from mine,

    Even in the autumn of their careers that West Indies side oozed menace both with bat and ball. Destructive strikers who could rapidly take a game away from you, backed up by bowling that combined elite level skill with constant stress and more than a little intimidation.

    In absolute terms, the Australian line-up captained by Steve probably had the best depth of batting that I could remember. Finally getting them five down and seeing Gilchrist walk out shooting from the hip must be a demoralising experience.

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    Interestingly, the best New Zealand lineup I have seen went to England in 2004 and just didn't fire as a unit:

    Richardson
    Fleming
    Astle
    Styris
    McMillan
    Oram
    McCullum
    Cairns
    Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan


    Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood

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    The 1983 NZ line-up may have been Kiwis strongest;

    01. Glenn Turner
    02. John Wright
    03. Geoff Howarth
    04. Martin Crowe
    05. Bruce Edgar
    06. Jeremy Coney
    07. Richard Hadlee
    08. Lance Cairns
    09. Warren Lees
    10. John Bracewell
    11. Ewen Chatfield
    PRE WWI
    Grace-Trumper-Hill-Taylor-Ranjitsinhji-Faulkner-Noble-Lilley-Turner-Richardson-Barnes
    PRE WWII
    Hobbs-Sutcliffe-Bradman-Hammond-Headley-Macartney-Ames-Gregory-Larwood-O'Reilly-Grimmett
    POST WWII
    Hutton-Simpson-Kanhai-Pollock-Harvey-Sobers-Waite-Benaud-Davidson-Lindwall-Trueman
    PACKER ERA
    Gavaskar-Greenidge-Richards-Chappell-Lloyd-Botham-Imran-Knott-Lillee-Holding-Underwood
    MODERN ERA
    Hayden-Langer-Ponting-Tendulkar-Lara-Kallis-Gilchrist-Marshall-Warne-Ambrose-McGrath

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    This one isn't bad:

    Hobbs
    Sutcliffe
    Hammond
    Woolley
    Hendren
    Chapman
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